It all started in Spain, with Levante EMV saying Valencia are interested in Simone Zaza from West Ham.

The outlet said the La Liga club were confident they could reach a deal with the Hammers and Juventus, who the striker still belongs to.

Now Calcio Mercato claims to have confirmed the news, saying that no official talks have happened so far, but the Spanish club are actually interested. Italian Valencia manager Cesare Prandelli is said to be a fan.

The website says that the Spanish league could suit the striker best and the idea of a transfer is described as ‘tempting’, and Zaza would push for the move.

The deal could happen as soon as in January, with CalcioMercato mentioning all the criticism from the English press to underline that West Ham aren’t any happy with the player’s performances.

Zaza has five appearances for the London club, and still hasn’t scored any goals in 346 minutes played. In case he reaches 10 games, West Ham will reportedly have to pay €20m for the permanent transfer, added to the €5m they’ve already spent on the loan.